Thursday, July 23, 2020

Middle of Summer

Hello everyone. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

My ghostwriter finally filled the birdie feeders up again! She had left them empty until those annoying, messy, bully grackles finished raising their baby gargoyles, and flew off to where ever they go for the later months of summer. We've been seeing lots of sparrows and finches with their babies, along with the cardinal family.

However, along with the nice little birdies, the Evil Squirrel Cartel has returned! They've been boldly sitting under the feeders scarfing up any and all of the seeds that the birdies drop. What's worse, is they've discovered Joey's pear tree and are eating the pears! Here's one now! 

Grrrrrrrrrrrr …
I didn't catch that scoundrel, but I gave him a good chase! 

And stay out! Harumph!

I wonder if this squirrel is related to alias Twinkletoes? Long time readers might remember that squirrel. He tried many times to break into our squirrel-proof birdie feeders. Little did he know, that as long as he was on the feeder, his weight closed the ports, even if he wiggled the perches like in the picture below. But he came pretty close to figuring it out.

That youngster that was here today has a lot to learn!

(I think alias Twinkletoes has gone to doggie heaven.)

Other then that, things have been rather boring around here. It's been hot and humid, with occasional rain. It's good for the garden, though. Here are a few flowers that are thriving in the tropical weather:

Day lily

Black-eye susan



Cone flowers

There are lots of little mushrooms all over the yard too. They must be living on the dead roots of the silver maple we had cut down last year. (Don't worry. I didn't eat any of them.) 

In other news, at the nursing home where my ghostwriter works, a doe has been visiting the garden. Sometimes her two youngsters come along too.

She checked out all the plants, and birdie feeders, and then decided to eat the petunias right out of the flower basket! 

It's not like there's nothing else around for this deer to eat. Look at all the greenery on the other side of the fence!

We can hardly believe it's already the middle of July! Where does the time go? But July is a month in which we always feel a bit sad. In July 2010, our beautiful Miss Ginger crossed the rainbow bridge. Then in July 2016, our good old Joey dog left us as well. Here is an old picture with our Patron Saint Old Charisma, Joey dog as a pup, and Miss Ginger. 

To see more pictures and stories about them, check out the link at the end of this post.


  1. My gosh, you get the grackles out and the squirrel comes in. Is there no end?

  2. You did a good job chasing that squirrel away from your pear tree. Those are all such pretty flowers. We're glad we've been getting a little rain lately. Our pawrents were getting tired of having to water everything. That sure is a cheeky deer. Those petunias must taste very good.

  3. I could have written this post! We have twin fawns and we've also had a similar problem with squirrels at our bird feeders, and one of them must have a big mouth because a raccoon showed up and broke one of our feeders and took off with another that I found clear across our yard where it had taken it - Crazy!!

    But your flowers are really lovely, and I wish I had a few more like it in my yard. Take care my friends, I hope your week is ending on a good note!

  4. Bird feeder seed stealers are here, too...they have not yet figured out the 'technique'.
    We had squirrels eating our pears and gooseberries when I was still at home with my parents...eons ago...BOL! I think they must eat anything...I put down red pepper powder/flakes and citrus peels to deter the dogs from digging, and the squirrels thought they were getting a free treat, BOL!

    Now that is a gourmet deer!!

  5. Mara says that there won't be a bird-feeder in our garden until I am no longer here! Only because I caught a few baby birds!! Tsk tsk


    PS: I wouldn't mind hearing some of your Ghostwriter's stories about her experiences with strange diseases and things. Even the gruesome things...

  6. BAMBI!

    Do ya need me to come to help wif da skwerrils?

  7. What nerve for that squirrel to be touching Joey's pears! Your flowers are so pretty, Chester!

  8. We are sorry you feel a bit sad Chester, and yet it is a good thing to think back on your memories of special times with Joey and Miss Ginger who will always be in your heart. Be well sweet boy, hugs to your Mom.

  9. Oh Chester once again you and GW have delighted us with you nature, comedy Twinkletoes and Evil Squirrel Cartel, lovely flowers and best of all Angelic memories. I applaud you and say well done to GW for putting all this together in such an enjoyable post. Those who came before you are always to be remembered and thanked for leaving their paw prints on the human's hearts.
    Hugs Cecilia

  10. You sure have been keeping busy Chester! We bet it's a full time job keeping those squirrels at bay!!

  11. Good riddance to the grackles, and now it is time to call for reinforcements to get those pesky treerats to leave too. We don't know how we did it, but we think we convinced our "deck" squirrel to move on.

    Lovely flowers.

    And hugs on this melancholy month for all of you.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  12. Hello Chester, so sorry for not being able to come by much earlier. Mom and I really appreciate you delivered our message to Freya's family. We hope they are doing well. We remember the July-thoughts post well. We thought it was nice to find Ginger Angel in the sky. Since then, we often look up the sky to look for Angel Momo and Joey Dog.

    It's been hot... please stay safe and healthy!!

    Pinot and mom

  13. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! First of all, I am sure Heaven will be FULL of Squirrels!! Second, I caught a Squirrel this week! If you need help chasing, I am your girl!!

  14. Hey Chester - mom just picked a whole bunch of Chinese Lanterns and if you send us your snail mail addy, we will send you some. maggiesue710 at yahoo dot com
    This is a banner year for them - at least it's a banner year for something, right☺